Review of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 30

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Review of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 30

Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted.


OVERVIEW

Rocky asked me to test their Slayer SXC (Super Cross-Country) full-suspension all-mountain bike. I own a Rocky Mountain Element and had previously tested their new Altitude frame so am familiar with Rocky’s build quality and their well-deserved reputation for detailed well-thought out excellence. I specifically asked for a lower-end model as I’d been riding high-end pimped out bikes for the last few years and feared I was getting a bit jaded. There’s really not much fault you can find in a $ 6,000 bike after all (well Buffy, the carbon parts don’t quite match …..). Accordingly Rocky set me up with their lowest end bike of the line – a SXC 30 in size 18″.

Rocky has a fair amount of bike design experience and the Slayer SXC is not new so I didn’t expect to be surprised. Although it has evolved somewhat, the SXC has existed in this current design incarnation since 2006. It’s basically a single pivot design employing Rocky’s LC2R (Low Centre Counter Rotating) suspension technology. Technology bafflegab aside this technology is meant to result in a very plush ride with it’s strength being highly tuneable suspension. The Slayer SXC is intended to fill the all-mountain gap for riders who are biased towards downhill. As befitting the lowest-end component spec bike, no components stood out for their sheer look-at-me factor; instead the bike was a workmanlike solid build that did its job without fuss.


Front end of the Slayer SXC 30. Note the speckled paint job and nicely finished head tube badge. It’s the small touches that count

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About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.


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  • David Villalobis says:

    Nice review what kind of camera setup are you using?

  • leel says:

    Thanks. Some shots were taken with a Canon G10. The trickier shots with splotchy light patterns were taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XT with Sigma 17 – 70 lens

  • Tim says:

    do you need special tools to take the rear triangle off the bike? or can it be done with simple allan keys?

  • Lee Lau says:

    Tim,

    Standard set of allen keys should do it

  • Anonymous says:

    Great review Lee. I have a 08 SXC50.
    You are right about the tires.
    I changed them after one ride for my old (half worn) Nevegals, and they still perform better than the brand new Prowlers.

  • LeeL says:

    yeah. Initially I felt bad about being so opinionated against the Prowlers. I got over that when I realized this review was really all about my opinion (wrapped around objective details like the components and specifications). I’ve talked to more then one person who’ve not been big fans.

  • Mr Gnar says:

    Great review. Many thanks. I ordered an SXC 70 frame. Arrived today. Yuuumm. The Mrs is out so I’ve got all afternoon to make sweet sweet lurve to it. With all this quality time together, it should be built & tuned up nice in a couple of days. Then….SHHHHHHHRED! Sadly, I’m risking an ’09 Marzocchi 55ATA. Probably asking for trouble. I note they dropped the ATA for 2010. Too many issues?
    Great vid too BTW. Best soundtrack to image I’ve seen in an MTB video, never mind a review. Well done.

  • Byron says:

    you’re totally right about the tyres, i have the sxc50 and it’s an awesome bike, but i’ve had the front end unexpectedly lose grip while cornering a few times making for some heart stopping moments. i’ve been waiting for the tyres to wear out before replacing them, but think i’ll be doing so fairly soon rather than waiting as it looks like most people confirm that they let the bike down massively.

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